This week Dylan and Dee Dee have suffered more injustices. They were banished to the master stateroom while the new carpeting was being laid in the salon. OK, so maybe there are worse things than lying around on a soft bed, sniffing smells through the …
The three-mile-long Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge crosses the Cooper River between Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. The bridge has a pedestrian and cycle lane with fabulous views to the city, the river and out to sea. We got the bikes down and spent a great day riding through Charleston and across the bridge, and explored a…
There is a double feature now live in print and online at Soundings Magazine… The first article is written by …Read More
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As we neared Charleston City Marina from sea, we’d started to wonder if we were heading in the right direction. The marina was supposed to be walking distance from downtown, but where were the tall buildlings? The city, it turns out, looks different from other downtowns due to zoning restrictions that limit building heights. We’d…
Nate and Primo had a special visitor this week while at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart. Margo, an Umbrella Cockatoo, along whit her human friend, Michael, came over for a short visit. Margo has been in contact with us for several years as she wanted to learn about life aboard a boat in preparation for […]
This just in from Circa Marine in Whangarei–Stan Creighton, who with wife Valerie has laid claim to FPB 70-1, is …Read More
|Treasure Cay – Abaco
|It’s not the Bahamas, but our beach isn’t bad.|
Upcoming Posts – Stabilisers Part 3, Cruising in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf aboard 48ft motor yacht Moritz, Using the title Captain, Envoy’s 2017 cruising plans.
Our last Posting introduced the subject of stabilisers, now we’ll talk more about passive stabilisers.
This image shows the port pole and bird deployed with the downhaul, topping lift and fore and aft guy-wires
Centre-right is a bird stored on Envoy’s upper deck
Stabiliser poles provide a distinctive appearance – love it or hate it! Port deployed, starboard raised
On some boats the poles are stored in a near horizontal position along the superstructure and this probably makes for a tidier appearance.
Another huge benefit of this system is that by suspending a different type of metal plate the system provides highly effective stabilisation at anchor. Envoy’s plates, known as “flopper-stoppers”, each consist of two flat plates of stainless steel plate joined together along one side with a hinge. When the boat rolls downward the hinge allows the plates to close together and drop rapidly and when the boat rolls upwards the hinge allows the plates to open and resist upward pressure. This system is extremely effective enabling us to anchor in places where roll or wakes would normally make it too uncomfortable. Flopper stoppers are comparatively light and easily deployed and retrieved by hand.
They can be used in depths over four metres.
Laurie holds a flopper-stopper
Here the port flopper-stopper has been deployed alongside a jetty to reduce the effects of a side-swell during a gale in Cephalonia
Next posting will look at ACTIVE stabilisers and our view on what is the “best” option.
No, we are not referring to Miss Dee Dee…The kids have been living with much activity on Red Head for many months now. They’ve handled it well, even when they were forced to walk the scary plank. But most of the disruptions have been happening below …